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10:00 AM ET, January 20, 2023


 Top News: 
Anna Nicolaou / Financial Times:
Netflix co-founder Reed Hastings steps down as co-CEO but plans to stay on as executive chair; the company promotes COO Greg Peters to co-CEO with Ted Sarandos  —  Streaming company names new leadership as it looks to reset after ‘tough year’ in 2022  —  Reed Hastings is stepping …
Sarah Whitten / CNBC:
Netflix reports Q4 revenue up 1.9% YoY to $7.85B, $55M net income, down from $607M YoY, 231M paid memberships, adding 7.66M subscribers vs. 4.57M expected  —  - Netflix is scheduled to report fourth quarter earnings after the bell.  — The streaming service's new ad-supported service will be in focus.
The Verge:
Source: CNET owner Red Ventures has used AI tools like Wordsmith to write stories for at least a year and a half, causing unease amid layoffs and restructuring  —  Fake bylines.  Content farming.  Affiliate fees.  What happens when private equity takes over a storied news site and milks it for clicks?
Bron Maher / Press Gazette:
Twitter is testing a new feature for verified journalists that adds a logo representing their publication next to their blue check  —  Twitter reached out to the Mirror offering it the chance to take part in the beta test.  —  Twitter is testing a new feature that sees verified journalists …
Discussion: @theodalisque and The Spain Report
Parker Molloy / The Present Age:
News media should've sent a signal to Twitter by not tweeting after the site suspended some journalists' accounts; Fox News once boycotted Twitter for 16 months
Ayenat Mersie / Reuters:
Rwandan journalist and government critic John Williams Ntwali died on January 18 in a traffic accident, but activists raise questions about the cause of death  —  John Williams Ntwali, one of Rwanda's few journalists who published stories critical of the government, has died, his newspaper The Chronicles reported.
Horowitz Research:
Horowitz Research: 71% of password sharers would pay full price for Netflix, 51% for HBO Max, 49% for Amazon Prime Video, 47% for Disney+, and 46% for Hulu  —  As Netflix cracks down on password sharing, a new study by Horowitz Research suggests that the decision may not spell doom and gloom for the service.
Discussion: Media Play News and The Streamable
Chris Stokel-Walker / Nature:
Journal editors, researchers, and publishers are debating the place of AI tools like ChatGPT in published literature and whether they should be cited as authors  —  Chris Stokel-Walker is a freelance journalist in Newcastle, UK.  —  You can also search for this author in  —  PubMed Google Scholar
Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
Right-wing YouTuber Steven Crowder, who has 5.94M subscribers on the platform, feuds with Ben Shapiro's The Daily Wire, which offered him a $50M four-year deal  —  Right-wing blowhard Steven Crowder is accusing Ben Shapiro's media empire of being in bed with Big Tech—fighting words that have ignited a heated public dispute.
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Todd Spangler / Variety:
Fandom cuts jobs at GameSpot, Giant Bomb, Metacritic, and TV Guide, four months after their ~$50M acquisition from Red Ventures; source: under 10% are impacted
Max Read / Read Max:
The most important thing a blogger can do to develop and retain an audience is to post regularly and frequently, as evidenced by Matt Yglesias' success
Mark Stenberg / Adweek:
Ad revenue made up 15% of INN members' revenue in 2022, up from 3% in 2018; ~430 nonprofits made $66M in 2021 ad revenue vs. The New York Times' almost $500M
Discussion: The Keyword
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Wall Street Journal:
Sources: WWE Executive Chairman Vince McMahon agrees to a multimillion-dollar settlement with a former wrestling referee who accused him of raping her in 1986
Lauren Forristal / TechCrunch:
SEC filing: Dish ended 2022 with 9.75M pay TV subscribers and 2.33M Sling TV subscribers, down from 2.41M in Q3 2022 and the same subscriber level as in 2018
Discussion: The Desk
Meg James / Los Angeles Times:
New Mexico prosecutors charge Alec Baldwin and the armorer of the movie “Rust” with involuntary manslaughter for cinematographer Halyna Hutchins' on-set death